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conference on the latest on the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. today, we are focused entirely on newtown. approximately an hour and a half outside of new york city, newtown, connecticut, is a small commuter town locateded in fairfield kocounty. it is a predominantly middle-class white community with approximately 30,000 people. they have several schools and synagogues and churches and it has a rotary club and basketball league like many other towns, but yesterday, as many of you know, newtown became the latest statistic of what is a disturbing pattern of mass gun violence. a gunman opened up fire against schoolchildren and staff at sandy hook elementary and killing at latest count 20 children and 6 adults. the president addressed the nation yesterday in response to the tragedy. >> as a country, we have been through this too many times, whether it is an elementary school in newtown or a shopping mall in oregon or a temple in wisconsin or a movie theater in aurora or a street coroner chicago, these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. >> the
for us. >> reporter: thank you. >> joining us now from washington, d.c., is connecticut congressman john larson issuing a statement asking colleagues to pass tougher gun control laws. to do nothing is to be complicit in those assaults. good morning congressman. >> good morning. >> let me offer my condolences in the tragedy in your state. yesterday, all we knew was the name of the murder. now we know the names of the victims. i'm happy to shift our focus to them, but it's so hard to hear their names, to hear how they died. is it now, finally the moment when congress and the president will act on gun control? >> you certainly have to hope so. i know in talking to friends and family as you just reported, the more you hear these details, the more horrific it gets. the innocence of these kids and to see the pictures and there's just -- we are broken hearted in connecticut. there's a point where you have to say enough. this is -- listen, i said in that release, i'm not sure that all the measures that we would hope to enact would ever be able to prevent an incident like this. i know, certainly,
, but many local communities are finding that buying guns back works. we'll talk to one connecticut mayor who is running one as we speak. you are watching msnbc. [ laughter ] smoke? nah, i'm good. ♪ [ male announcer ] every time you say no to a cigarette, you celebrate a little win. nicoderm cq, the patch with time release smart control technology that acts fast and helps control cravings all day long. ♪ quit one day at a time with nicoderm cq. >>> three days to go before the nation goes off the fiscal cliff and congressional leaders behind closed doors, both chambers could vote on before then, but who blinks first in these negotiations may have something to do with poll numbers. the latest survey conducted by reute reuters ipso shows the latest negotiations and 27% of americans fault the republicans. 16% blame president obama. just 6% are blaming democrats. according to the same poll 23% blame republicans in congress for the national unemployment number. 16% blame the president. 7% blame democrats and the national unemployment rate right now as of november stands at 7.7%. still to come,
proposal was made in connecticut to make it a felony to own high capacity magazines with more than ten bullets. but as part of a campaign organized by the nra and other gun advocates, opponents to the law swapped state legislatures with 30,000 letters and e-mails and showed up enmasse to a committee hearing to oppose the law. gun makers warn that the billion dollar firearms industry would move its jobs elsewhere if the bill passed and in the end, not surprisingly, the proposal died. so last friday, in newtown, connecticut, adam lanza used a bushmaster ar-15 rifle with still legal magazines holding not ten, but 30 rounds, to kill those 26 souls at sandy hook elementary. with me at the table today is anthea butler, professor of religious studies at the university of pennsylvania. msnbc contributor ari melber of the nation magazine. joe watkins, republican strategist and former aide to president george h.w. bush and mark glaze, director of mayors against illegal guns. so that was a lot, a lot to deal with, a lot of history of the nra. it's interesting because in the history of the nra it
in the year. >> that was president obama wednesday speaking in part on the shooting in newtown, connecticut and expressing frustration to refuse at least one of his nominations. i don't mean last month. we are talking november of 2010. perhaps it's a sign of fights to come. on this issue, the president has another choice. gun control advocate michael bloomberg urged him to make a head of the atf. it's the power this president is reluctant to use. so, the idea being that the president could play something. this was nominated in 2010. he's serving as an interim. is it possible for the president to flex his executive authority and recess a point? >> here is maybe what he does. he floats out somebody he wants and win la pi pierre. float those two name sos people are like really? whoever that person is, it's a shoe in. >> that's how we end up with him. >> winstead public polling. >> exactly. >> it's a good idea. i'll go to you on this raul. there's more urgency. people don't pay attention to the atf, but they might now. republicans might be more reluctant to block or filibuster. is it possible t
laws in connecticut. here in utah, we've been doing this for 12 years and this is nothing new and we have one of the most permissive states for firearms and we haven't had school shootings either. >> you mentioned the ban on specific types of guns. what about banning certain types of ammunition? what about limiting certain types of ammunition, can you see the need in that? no, it's not going do any could, if i thought it would, it would. if someone can show me definitively. who needs a 30-round clip? >> why would you -- why would you even go there? >> that's a legitimate question. who needs a 30-round clip and why? >> it's not -- it's not a matter who needs something. if i need it or if i want it and can operate safely then -- we're talking about --? why would you want a 30-round clip. >> i used a 30-round magazine because i didn't want to reload. it's not a matter of need. it's a matter of want. i mean, we're talking less than 1% of the semiautomatic rifles with these 30-round magazines are use in any crime and 1% are used in gun crime. 3%, maximum are used in gun homicides and even
, connecticut, and florida and stand your ground. we need to realize that gun violence is inclusive of people of many different racial and economic backgrounds, and that we have a shared incentive in this country to link the tragedies that we are seeing, and to begin to question gun laws on a larger, systemic level. >> and margaret, c, that is wha feels like a sensational story like newtown that deserved every moment of coverage that it got, but include all of the missing pieces. >> le me start at a quick place and come right back to that point. when you talk about the modern media, and remember edward r. murrow in the harvest of shame, and he made a documentary saying look at what happened with the farm workers in this country, and it was the segregated people who said no to segregation and forced the major media to come in. media has always been part of the fight for social justice. this is nothing new. i think that we do have to link the stories, and one of the things that happens is that this horrible thing that happened in newtown, but people forget the hundreds of young people who are k
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